Influence of rotor endcaps on the electromagnetic performance of high speed PM machine

Al-Timimy, Ahmed and Alani, Mahir and Degano, Michele and Giangrande, Paolo and Galea, Michael and Gerada, Christopher (2018) Influence of rotor endcaps on the electromagnetic performance of high speed PM machine. IET Electric Power Applications . ISSN 1751-8679

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Surface-mounted permanent magnet (SPM) machines are preferred for high-speed aerospace applications over induction and switched reluctance machines, since they combine the advantages of high torque density and efficiency. Also, in aerospace applications, where low rotor weight and inertia are essential requirements, a permeable hollow shaft is proposed to replace the need for rotor back-iron and reduce the overall rotor weight. For rotor mechanical integrity, a retaining sleeve is commonly used, leading to thicker magnetic airgap. Furthermore, when permeable rotor endcaps are applied, an increase of the magnetic end leakage occurs, i.e. end-effect. In this paper, the influence of the rotor endcaps on the mechanical and electromagnetic performance of a high-speed SPM machine is investigated through 3D-finite element analyses (FEA). Also, different endcap thickness and different rotor shaft materials are investigated and compared in this work. Finally, a prototype of the SPM machine under study has been manufactured and tested. The comparison between simulation and experimental results is presented and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper is a postprint of a paper submitted to and accepted for publication in IET Electric Power Applications and is subject to Institution of Engineering and Technology Copyright. The copy of record is available at the IET Digital Library
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1049/iet-epa.2017.0811
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 07:56

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